It goes without saying that it’s always best to book a test ride before committing to buy a motorcycle — let alone a big bike. We’re all too familiar with the challenges of piloting a high-displacement machine, and the fear of making buying a motorcycle that isn’t perfectly suited to our needs. Luckily, Royal Enfield has reopened its test drive weekend session in its Makati showroom, allowing would-be RE owners to ensure that they get the right bike for them.
Royal Enfield’s motorcycles are, without a doubt, laden with character both in terms of style and performance. Employing a timeless design language and robust engineering, their machines are a testament to their slogan, “Built like a gun.” With this, Royal Enfield Philippines has quite a selection of motorcycles on offer, and yes, available for a test ride. Among the machines available for a test ride this weekend are the 650 Twins: the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650, and of course, the recently updated Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Royal Enfield’s most innovative motorcycles in the form of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are powered by a 648 cc parallel-twin which pumps out 47 hp and 52 Nm of torque. Granted, of course, these bikes are outgunned by other naked 650-class bikes in the market, but the performance was never the name of Royal Enfield’s game. The Royal Enfield Himalayan also serves as the company’s take on a barebones adventure tourer, offering a torquey 411 cc mill, and a chassis that has proven its capability both on and off-road. Taking pride in offering a classic and unadulterated riding experience, Royal Enfield’s bikes provide a different kind of thrill — one that centers on character and emotion.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is priced at an attractive P365,000, while the Continental GT 650 will set you back P375,000. The adventurous Himalayan, on the other hand, is the most affordable highway-legal bike in Royal Enfield’s stable at just P299,000. In order to avail of a test ride, you simply need to bring a valid ID and your own helmet, and you’re all set. Test rides for this weekend are scheduled for tomorrow, November 28, from 10 AM to 5 PM only.